How can women win in IT?

Summary:If you thought women were doing better in IT these days, you'd be wrong. The Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency (EOWA) says that since 2006 the number of women in board and leadership roles in the IT industry has actually declined.

If you thought women were doing better in IT these days, you'd be wrong. The Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency (EOWA) says that since 2006 the number of women in board and leadership roles in the IT industry has actually declined.

What can women do to overcome what still appears to be a significant barrier? And what can employers do to help?

In this week's Patch Monday, Stilgherrian speaks with three women in senior IT roles about their experiences. From global firm BMC Software, Joely Scott-Thomas is the regional sales manager for ANZ, and Sandrina Branton is the southern region sales manager. Kate Carruthers is a marketer, technologist and educator with extensive experience in senior IT roles with organisations like GE, Westfield and State Treasury. She's currently a strategy consultant with Hyro, the internet and new media developer.

Amongst their suggestions are that women join some of the IT-related networking groups:

Plus we have Stilgherrian's usual idiosyncratic look at the week's IT news headlines.

To leave an audio comment for Patch Monday, Skype to stilgherrian, or phone Sydney 02 8011 3733. And if you have any suggestions for women in IT, please add them in the comments.

Running time: 25 minutes, 11 seconds

Topics: CXO, IT Employment

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Stilgherrian is a freelance journalist, commentator and podcaster interested in big-picture internet issues, especially security, cybercrime and hoovering up bulldust. He studied computing science and linguistics before a wide-ranging media career and a stint at running an IT business. He can write iptables firewall rules, set a rabbit tr... Full Bio

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